Oklahoma football: David King, Chuka Ndulue get starts at defensive end

With senior defensive tackle Casey Walker returning after missing OU's first two games, senior David King moved back outside to defensive end for last week's Big 12 opener against Kansas State.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 27, 2012

With senior defensive tackle Casey Walker returning after missing OU's first two games, senior David King moved back outside to defensive end for last week's Big 12 opener against Kansas State.

King and sophomore Chuka Ndulue started the game as defensive ends, with senior R.J. Washington coming in off the bench for the first time this season.

King and Washington are close, and King was asked about the rotation shake-up this week.

“(Washington) started off the season starting the first two games, and then for whatever reason, coach (Bobby Jack) Wright decided that Chuka was a better fit,” King said. “It has to be frustrating, but that's not something I want to talk about because it doesn't pertain to me.”

Wright, though, said King and Ndulue were just a better match against Kansas State's rushing attack, where Washington is a better pass rusher.

“(Kansas State is a) run-oriented football team, a team that's using two tight ends, three running backs,” Wright said. “A bigger, stronger, more physical presence with David and Chuka. That was more the thinking there.”

He said the end starters could change week-to-week, depending on the opponent.

“Some guys have strengths that other guys don't have,” Wright said.

STOOPS THINKS OVERTIME RULES NEED TWEAKS

When potential rule changes are discussed in college football, coaches are asked to vote and provide opinions, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.

“Still waiting for overtime to be changed,” Stoops said. “It needs to be pushed back.”

The Sooners coach isn't a fan of teams taking possession at the opposing 25-yard line because it doesn't force anyone to work very hard to get into field goal range.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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